Hebrews 7:25 (NIV)
Therefore, He (Jesus) is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.
Our Verse of the Day continues with our study on the sacrifice of atonement which Jesus offered up to God the Father for the sins and transgressions of people. We have looked at several passages from the Book of Hebrews which taught in great detail the reality of what Christ Jesus accomplished through His death on the cross; and the inspired writer focused on Jesus as our great High Priest who presented an eternal atonement for sin in the tabernacle of heaven … a tabernacle not made with human hands. His view is that the Messiah (Christ Jesus) serves as a priest … that He ministers as an intercessor before God on a continual basis for those who believe in Him (come to God through Him). The rationale, within the context of Hebrews Chapter 7, is that the eternal nature (endless life) of Jesus affords a “permanent priesthood” for the purposes of our atonement, salvation, and ongoing intercessory needs. Let’s examine the larger passage for context:
Hebrews 7:11-28 (NIV)
If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical Priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also. He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. For it is clear that our Lord Jesus descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. For it is declared: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” (Citing Psalm 110:4) The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God. And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, but Jesus became a priest with an oath when God said to Him: “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind: ‘You are a priest forever.’” Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant. Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood. Therefore, He is able to save completely (forever) those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, Jesus does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for His own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when He offered Himself. For the law appoints as high priests, men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.
And so, the conclusion based on this premise, is that Jesus is able to save completely (or forever) those who come to God through Him … because He always lives to intercede for them. I believe His intercession is prayer (Cf. Luke 22:32; John 17:9, 15, 20); and Jesus also serves as our Advocate (our lawyer) against the Adversary or Accuser (Satan) before the throne (court) of God. (Cf. Revelation 12:10) The writer affirms this role was prophesied by King David in Psalm 110:4 where he declares, “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” So, who was this Melchizedek … this forerunner or archetype of the priestly role the Messiah would assume for us? Well, you can read about him in Genesis 14; and the prophetic connection with Jesus as Messiah is further developed in Hebrews Chapter 8.
So, why is this of any importance to our relationship and walk with our Lord Jesus? Well, part of what intrigues me is the language used: “He is able to save completely!” The blood Jesus shed was more than sufficient to save us absolutely. Nothing was partial. Nothing was missed. There are no conditional requirements. There is nothing for us to add to His work upon the cross or His resurrection or ascension to the right hand of the throne of God. His priestly intercession is eternally permanent. Your life and mine are secure in Him! And this truth should be a great comfort for believers … especially those who might think that their salvation is conditional upon themselves or their performance. Remember, God demonstrated His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) If we were incapable of sinning, there would have been no need for a Savior. There would not be a need for a permanent priesthood or continual intercession. But we find both in Scripture! And the Apostle John affirms, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (Cf. 1 John 1:9)
Such mercy … such grace … such love in the midst of our weaknesses! How can we not be humbled and always strive to live worthy of the Lord Jesus … and please Him in every way … bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God? (Cf. Colossians 1:10) My friends, we need a Savior! We need an Intercessor! We need Jesus! Yes, Jesus was ordained by God to be our High Priest forever! There is no need for an earthly priesthood at all anymore. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. (Cf. Ephesians 2:17-18) So, I pray we will trust Jesus at His Word. I pray we will completely trust in His finished work to redeem us and bring us to God the Father.
So Now You Know…
Have a Blessed Day!
For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. But God found fault with the people and said: “The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a New Covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord. This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Citing Jeremiah 31:31-34) By calling this covenant “new,” He has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear. ~ Hebrews 8:7-13